A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR Company nearly 40 years ago Dr Thompson has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organisations.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Dr Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles. She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and also being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week),now known as ASAP Communications; running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners, now known as WinTrade Global Women Entrepreneurs Network.
An international public speaker, she is an advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace especially boardrooms, and advises the Government on women, small and minority owned businesses. She is currently Chair OKRE.org part of the Wellcome Trust and has also just taken on the mantle of Chair of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) the custodian of the UK’s Black Heritage archives.
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For creating a platform for global female entrepreneurs to be recognised, connect and learn. Dr Yvonne is a leading light for the progression of women in business who sits on a number of boards, and she provides expertise and coaching to countless women.